Election Preview: Charlie Guthrie (D, Northern District Saline County Commissioner)

Monday, August 6, 2012
Charlie Guthrie (Contributed photo)

Charlie Guthrie, candidate for Northern District Saline County Commissioner, was born and raised on a farm near Slater.

He helped his father, Ray Guthrie, and grandfather, Frank Huston, operate the farm and graduated from Orearville and Slater school districts.

He and his wife, Brenda, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.

Guthrie retired from the U.S. Navy. He served for 20 years during the Cold War, has served in the Navy Reserves and he remains an active advocate for veterans.

He has organized many ceremonies and events to honor veterans.

He is on the Show Me Honor Flight Board of Directors and coordinates the local Walk of Honor brick project, which honors veterans' memories and raises money for Honor Flight trips to Washington, D.C.

He is a member of Slater American Legion Post No. 78, 40 & 8 Voiture 333, United States Navy Cruiser Association, U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Battleship Sailors Association, Slater Chamber of Commerce and Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He has served a number of roles in the American Legion, including adjutant, service officer, finance officer, county commander and chaplain.

He was once chosen as Patriot of the Month by the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Marshall chapter.

He was selected Sailor of the Month while stationed on the U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 Flagship, Sixth Fleet.

He has served in a number of public offices in the past, including Saline County Commission, Slater Board of Education, Slater Cemetery Board, Slater Industrial Board, Slater Planning and Zoning Commission, and as mayor and mayor pro tem of Slater.

Guthrie said the duties of the county commissioners are to develop a balanced budget, maintain the courthouse and other county buildings, oversee the maintenance of the county's 400 miles of roads and bridges, work with the special road districts in the county "and make Saline County a great place to work and raise a family."

Guthrie noted his 40 years of experience in community service and business qualifies him for the position.

"Having served in city and county government and also having served as a leading petty officer in the Navy, I have developed strong organizational and management skills," he said. "As a former small business owner in Slater, I understand the needs and concerns of small business owners."

The main problems facing the county are typically a lack of adequate funds to provide for the needs of the county, he said.

"With fairness, honesty and integrity, we can continue to have a county government to be proud of," he said.

He said if he is elected he will be available to all citizens at all times.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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  • To all voters...remember what happened after the "94" election!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 12:22 PM
  • What happened?

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 1:09 PM
  • Have Eric dig up all the articles!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 1:13 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    I'll see what I can do.
  • To all voters remember everything this man has done for people in this county. All the time and effort he puts in to these events. Willie makeit I'm sure you know all. I guess you were there in the room when every thing was decided on. I'm sure if we made all your doings public I'm sure there would be something to come up that happened not like you meant it to. I'm not gonna Waiste anymore time here. I know Charlie personally and I know which circle I'm filling in and it will be next to his name. Have a great day

    -- Posted by duke2007 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 1:19 PM
  • Aww...vomit!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 2:46 PM
  • Mr. Crump-

    I do not want to make any decisions when I vote that are based on rumor. As I am a newer Saline county resident, I would appreciate any past articles that are based on fact/history of Mr. Guthrie when he was in office as a county official. It may also help others to distinguish fact from rumor. Thank You!

    -- Posted by investig8 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 3:08 PM
  • Type his name in the search box at the to of the homepage

    -- Posted by duke2007 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 3:10 PM
  • willie boy, if you know so much about my old buddy Charlie then share it, remember im into facts not what you think you know.... This is an honest man and before you think he wasted tax dollars in the past, think of all he is willing to do for people on his own dime, that shows a great deal of character, i'm with Duke on this one, search him at the top of the page, what you'll find defines him as willing to stand behind what he believes in! good luck Charlie I'm another full black circle for you tomorrow!

    -- Posted by SalineFire on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 3:40 PM
  • You can search all you want! The search only goes back to 2002! What im refering to happened in 1994 after he lost the election!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 4:20 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Do you have a more specific date or dates when stories might have been published? I've searched our bound copies, but it's pretty time-consuming to go through each paper one at a time through several months...
  • It has to do with about 150,000 dollars! Thats a pretty big deal! Could tell the whole story but Eric would delete it. Thats why I ask him to dig it up! There were front page stories on the situation!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 4:29 PM
  • To be safe, start looking from August 94 to Dec 94.

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 4:31 PM
  • Eric, I think if you're going to dig up dirt on one candidate, you should dig up dirt on all of them. "Dirt" being old Democrat News articles.

    Several of the candidates have some "dirt" in their past. I'm a Peterson supporter so I have no dog in this hunt but I believe in being fair.

    -- Posted by AnneD on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 4:41 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Good point.
  • Ed, after Charlie lost his bid for re-election, he got on the phone called up some dumptrucks for hire and proceded to have them haul a bunch of rock on "certain" county roads. Lets say about 150,000 bucks worth! O'yeah, and didnt tell the other commissioners or the road and bridge supervisor! Only when a citizen called the newspaper did it stop. Rock was being hauled around the clock.

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 5:06 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Thanks for describing the situation. This is close to what others have told me. I talked to Charlie this weekend and learned that, as always, there's another side to the story. He said he had ordered gravel spread in both the northern and southern districts. He acknowledged that too much gravel was spread on at least one road in the north, but not at his direction. He said he did not order excessive gravel to be spread and said a subsequent investigation did not find any wrong-doing on his part.

    I wish I had gotten started much earlier researching this story so we could tell it more completely. It's clear the incident still is fresh in some memories.

  • Its sad that both of the Commissioners that he worked with have passed on...they would have plenty to say.

    -- Posted by willie makit on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 6:43 PM
  • Anne D.

    I appreciate your desire to be fair. I too believe that there probably was coverage in the paper. Coverage or not, my recollection is pretty much in line with that of willie makeit's. Prior to his election defeat, the county owned no gravel trucks. Rock was most always bought and hauled by the supplier in Slater (good people by the way). I believe the rub came in when he managed to order all of the rock to be spread, allegedly without the approval of the other Commissioners, on his "way out the door". The amount was pretty substantial. I also seem to recall that there was at least one complaint of a party who was unable to travel his road because of the excess gravel.

    -- Posted by Bcat on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 7:45 PM
  • My recollection of the incident is very clear and is in line with what willie makit and Bcat are saying. I couldn't believe it when I saw he was running again. One thing I don't remember is there being much of an investigation. Once what was happening was brought out in the open, the gravel hauling stopped and what was done, was done, and everyone just moved on. It wasn't a criminal issue, just one of mismanagement.

    It's my guess that there are plenty of people who remember it for what it was, and will vote accordingly. Nothing against the guy personally, but what happened was not what I expect out of an elected official.

    -- Posted by outsider on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 8:05 PM
  • So there was no evidence of wrong doing- let's point fingers anyway... Maybe I'm slow, but I'm not following.

    And kudos to AnnieD! Fairness and reason are surprisingly scarce on here at times.

    I'm not going to try to encourage one way or another, but in my opinion his work with the honor flight at the very least makes considering voting for him an option.

    -- Posted by thebirdman on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:00 PM
  • Mr. Crump,

    Please post the past articles or let me know where I could acquire a copy to read. I need to read the articles and make my own decision based on the facts, not hearsay and rumors. I want to make an informed decision based on facts.

    -- Posted by investig8 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:45 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    I recommend visiting the Marshall Public Library. Copies of The Marshall Democrat-News are available on microfilm. It would be much faster to search and easier to copy articles you want to read at your leisure. Someone recommended looking through August-December 1994. That's the best I can do. Our copies are in bound form. It's a matter of turning each page, and I must confess I don't have time to look through them all.
  • the birdman,

    I guess you had to be there. It was a HUGE waste of tax payer money. I guess the term "wrong-doing" is a relative one at this point. It's now up to the Northern District voters as to what account they hold him they hold him to tomorrow.

    -- Posted by Bcat on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:50 PM
  • For those of you that have something to say about Mr. Guthrie I guess it's a good thing there is another person for you to vote for.... Charlie is a great man who has love and respect for this county and country and that is more then I can say for some of you. You can vote the way you would like but until you have walked in someone's shoes then I would suggest you keep quiet. Where you in his shoes in 94? Do you think you know everything that happened?? You can say what you want but Charlie is a fair and honest man and that is why he has my vote. I am so happy to hear all the people that want to voice their hate or misunderstanding and not have the guts to run for office. With that said go Charlie and thank you for running for office and being there for us!!!

    -- Posted by Chino01 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:51 PM
  • I'm sorry about the lack of proofing of my prior post.

    -- Posted by Bcat on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:53 PM
  • Chino01...that's the beauty of democracy. Mr. Guthrie has every right to run for office and people have every right to debate his qualifications and performance. As I do with all veterans, I admire and appreciate Mr Guthrie's service to our country, but your suggestion that those of us posting about a very real situation that occurred, somehow don't love our country, is pure idiocy.

    I didn't haul any of the gravel in question, but was working for another trucking company at the time, hauling out of the very same quarry. What was going on was well known and widely discussed...and to be honest, joked about. It was not hearsay.

    -- Posted by outsider on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 10:39 PM
  • I agree that people have every right to debate any candidates qualifications in a tasteful and respectful manner.

    -- Posted by Chino01 on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 6:26 AM
  • Why is it that if someone disagrees with your point of view; they suddenly become un-American or at the least unpatriotic?

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 8:12 AM
  • Sorry that you feel I made the "suggestion" that you are not patriotic or love your county... That was not my intention and therefore I apologize. However, I would like to say that negative attacks are not the answer and each person has their freedom of speech but please be respectful either way you vote.

    -- Posted by Chino01 on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 8:51 AM
  • Chino01:

    I never felt that you were attacking me, as I have not voiced an opinion over Mr. Guthrie, so no apology needed.

    I do recall right after 911, when President Bush talked about WMD and said that we needed to invade Iraq for that reason that those who disagreed got called far worse.

    No, the sentence that caught my eye from you was: "Charlie is a great man who has love and respect for this county and country and that is more then I can say for some of you."

    Unless you know all who comment here; I'd have to say it was perhaps a bit overstated.

    Anyway, I have no horse in this race; I know both candidates, and would be happy with either one of them in office.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 9:02 AM
  • Thank you Mr. Crump for the guidance about where to begin my search. I just wish I had the time today to research this issue.

    I work VERY hard for my money and want to ensure that my taxes are spent in a very responsible manner.

    -- Posted by investig8 on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 9:03 AM
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